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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2020
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Back Pain - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

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What is Back pain?

Back pain or lower back pain can happen for several problems with any part of the interconnected network of spinal nerves, muscles, bones, tendons or discs in the lumber spine.

What are the causes of Back Pain?

Some of the typical causes for back pain are:

  • The small nerves on the lower back may get irritated
  • The large nerve root (sciatica nerve) that go down to the legs may get irritated
  • The large paired erector spinae muscle may get strained
  • The joints, bones or ligaments may get damaged
  • The intervertebral disc may get degenerated

Although it can happen at any age, back pain, especially lower back pain occurs in people who are in their 40s. Back pain is typically characterized by a localized pattern of discomfort in the lower back area that mostly occurs after an event that culminated in stressing the lumber tissues.

The severity of this condition, depends on a number of issues, which comprises of the degree of the strain and also the resulting spasm of the lower back muscles that occurred owing to the trauma.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of back pain is generally done by the doctors based on the location of the pain and history of the injury. X-ray is usually performed on the patients suffering from this ailment which helps in excluding osteological abnormalities.The most popular treatment for all kinds of back pains or lumber strains consists of resting the back to avoid subsequent injury. Apart from that reconditioning exercises are also prescribed to the patients to strengthen the back muscles along with medications to relieve pain and muscular spasms. Local heat applications are also advised to the back pain patients along with massage which is often done by certified physiotherapists.

What happens when you don't get treated on time :

In rare cases back pain can also be a sign of CES (Cauda Equina Syndrome), which is a condition that requires immediate surgical treatment.

In patients suffering from CES, something compresses their spinal nerve roots, which cause severe pain. As the cauda equine are a bundle of nerve roots which is located in the lumbosacral spine and sends messages to the brain from the feet, legs and pelvic organs, inability to provide a fast treatment, often leads to lasting damage which can lead to incontinency and also permanent paralysis of the legs.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is also prescribed at time along with a Myelogram (X-ray of the spinal cord after injecting contrast material into the spine), which aids in pinpointing the pressure point on the spinal nerves or on the spinal cord.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 29 years old and suffering from neck, back and waist pain. When I stretch of my neck and back their is sound of bone and for some time feel relax but after some time pain start again. Can I take meloxicam 15 mg tablet. Please your suggestions is highly appreciated. Thank you.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), MRCS Ed, FRCS (Orth.) - UK, FEBOT
Orthopedic Doctor, Bangalore
Apart from pain medication cervical range of movement and strengthening exercises are recommended the strengthening exercises will help you in the long term.
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I am 30 year old. I am suffering from lower back ache since 4 months .pain was caused due to some jerk of lifting briefcase. I have tried physiotherapist and various kind of medicine. Now I am taking nucoxia Mr. There is some kind of relief in pain with nucoxia Mr. but not complete relief. Is this relief temporary or permanent .what should be the further course of treatment.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Anaesthesiology, Clinical Fellowship In Pain Management
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Dear Lybrate user, the low back pain present since past 4 months can be due to muscle spasm or a disc related pathology. The medication you have mentioned is a combination of pain killer and muscle relaxant meant for muscle spasm. If giving inadeq...

I'm student and 23 years old, i'm suffering from severe back pain from last 4 days, it's quite painful, it sticks my back movements, I can't able to sit, walk and lay on bed.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Anaesthesiology, Clinical Fellowship In Pain Management
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Recent onset back pain can be due to disc problem, depending upon whether your symptoms are limited to your back or are being referred to your legs. Short course of pain killer and muscle relaxant may be tried. If unable to give adequate relief ov...

I am 39 years old female. I am having severe lower back pain. Dr. has advised me a muscle relaxant twice a day and pregaba m 75 mg in night for 5 days. However, taking pregaba is causing lot of dizziness which starts happens within an hour of taking. At the same time it has relieved the pain as well. What shud I do.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Anaesthesiology, Clinical Fellowship In Pain Management
Pain Management Specialist, Delhi
Pregabalin and muscle relaxant both can have the side effect of dizziness. If pregabalin is the cause, then most likely symptoms are to get subsided within a week or so of medicine intake once the body get habituated to the drug. Pregabalin can be...
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